WHAS11 had an incredible story about two friends who really made a difference in the lives of nursing home residents. Sandy Cambron and Shannon Blair provide baby dolls to nursing residents suffering from dementia.
It began as a gift to Sandy Cambron’s mother-in-law. “We would buy her a TV, buy her stuffed animals and nothing would work and one day, we were out shopping and I told my husband, maybe we should get her a baby doll,” Sandy Cambron said. It made all the difference.
“She loved it. She took that baby and slept with it, had meals with it. You could see the biggest difference with her. She would not leave that baby. It was always by her side. When she passed away, we buried the baby with her,” Cambron said.
Then, last year, when her friend, Shannon Blair, was going through a similar experience with her own mother, Sandy offered a baby doll.
“It was actually my mom’s roommate’s response. She immediately reached out and started crying. I went back to Sandy the next day and I said, I get it. I get why you wanted to give my mom a baby,” Blair said.
“300 babies later, we are boomin’. We are visiting as many places as we can,” Blair said. They hand out baby dolls, stuffed puppies and kittens. Each doll is color coordinated and wrapped in the softest of blankets. They’re changing lives one baby doll at a time.
“It is just a baby doll, but whatever emotions it stirs up, it’s all happy. It takes them back to a joyful time. It’s happy and it’s sad at the same time,” Blair said.
Pearl’s Memory Babies runs purely on donations. Shannon and Sandy buy the baby dolls and shop all the bargains they can find to get the outfits, blankets, and even the diapers. If you’d like to donate or learn more, you can visit their Facebook page or website.